King Country Rugby Football Union

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King Country Rugby Football Union
King Country Rugby Logo.png
Nickname(s) Rams
Founded 1922
Region Chiefs
Ground(s) Owen Delany Park
Rugby Park
Taumarunui Domain
Chairman New Zealand Andrew McCullough
Coach(es)

New Zealand Kurt McQuilkin

Captain Brian Mansfield
League(s) Heartland Championship
2011 11th
Team kit
Official website
www.kingcountryrugby.co.nz

The King Country Rugby Football Union is a constituent union in the New Zealand Rugby Union. It is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It was formed in 1922 when the South Auckland Rugby Union was split into three (the other two Unions formed were Waikato and Thames Valley).

The King Country team play from Owen Delany Park, Taupo, Rugby Park, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui Domain, Taumarunui. King Country are like many other heartland unions have struggled since the start of professional era. In 1996, King Country were in the first division of the NPC and in just 6 years were in the third division.

History[edit]

The original King Country Rugby Union was formed in 1905 by the Manunui, Matapuna, Oio and Kakahi rugby clubs. In 1907, the newly formed Taumarunui rugby club replaced Oio.

The current King Country Rugby Football Union was formed in 1922, by the amalgamation of the first King Country Rugby Union (which was renamed as the Taumarunui Sub-union in 1922) along with the Ruapehu Sub-union in Ohakune (founded 1908), Maniapoto Sub-union in Te Kuiti (1907) and Ohura Valley Sub-union (1920). These were joined by Otorohanga Sub-union in 1927, Kaitieke in 1933 and Kawhia in 1926 with the Taupo Sub-union transferring from the Hawkes Bay Rugby Union in 1987. The Ruapehu Sub-union returned to its original parent union the Wanganui Rugby Union in 1970.

This was the second attempt to establish a Rugby Union in the middle of the North Island, as in 1920 the Rangatiki, Taihape, Ruapehu sub-unions (all affiliated to the Wanganui Rugby Union, and the King Country Union (affiliated to South Auckland) had applied for affiliation as the Main Trunk Union. However, this was declined after the Wanganui Rugby Union objected to the loss of their country players.

In those early years King Country representative games were held in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Raetahi or Ohakune. Otorohanga was first used for a representative game in 1939 with representative games also being hosted in Tokaanu (1966) and Turangi (1967).

King Country played in light blue and green until 1949 when it switched to maroon and gold hoops. In 1980, a maroon jersey with gold collar and cuffs was adopted. The current strip has been used since 1994.

King Country has made 17 challenges for the Ranfurly Shield over the years without success but having come close at times, going down to Taranaki in a hard fought game 11-15 in 1958. In 1969 they came even closer when good mates Colin Meads and Kel Tremain were the respective captains, King Country storming back from 6-19 at half time in a torrid second half before going down 16–19.

A well known and amusing challenge in 1988 against Auckland at Te Kuiti when “Boris the Boar” mysteriously got onto the field and camped in the Auckland 25 for much of the second half.

Championships[edit]

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship Results[1]
Year Played Win Draw Loss For Against +/- BP Points Place
2006 5 0 2 3 77 92 -15 2 6 6th
2007 5 3 0 2 88 66 +22 2 14 3rd
2008 5 3 0 2 119 96 +23 2 14 3rd
2009 5 2 0 3 100 111 -11 2 9 5th
2010 5 1 0 4 76 119 -43 2 6 5th
2011 8 1 0 7 150 281 -131 1 5 11th

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

King Country have never held the Ranfurly Shield.

1922 Hawke's Bay Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png 42–8 Kcountry.png King Country Napier
1933 Canterbury CanterburyColours.png 36–0 Kcountry.png King Country Christchurch
1952 Waikato Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png 18–8 Kcountry.png King Country Hamilton
1958 Taranaki Naki.png 15–11 Kcountry.png King Country New Plymouth
1961 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 17–3 Kcountry.png King Country Auckland
1964 Taranaki Naki.png 21–0 Kcountry.png King Country New Plymouth
1966 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 14–6 Kcountry.png King Country Auckland
1969 Hawke's Bay Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png 19–16 Kcountry.png King Country Napier
1971 North Auckland NLTaniwha.png 16–6 Kcountry.png King Country Whangarei
1979 North Auckland NLTaniwha.png 21–6 Kcountry.png King Country Whangarei
1980 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 29–3 Kcountry.png King Country Auckland
1981 Waikato Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png 22–9 Kcountry.png King Country Hamilton
1985 Canterbury CanterburyColours.png 33–0 Kcountry.png King Country Christchurch
1988 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 28–0 Kcountry.png King Country Te Kuiti
1992 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 42–15 Kcountry.png King Country Taupo
1994 Waikato Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png 45–10 Kcountry.png King Country Hamilton
1998 Waikato Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png 76–0 Kcountry.png King Country Hamilton
2012 Taranaki Naki.png 67–16 Kcountry.png King Country Inglewood

King Country in Super Rugby[edit]

King Country along with Waikato, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty and Thames Valley make up the Chiefs region.

All Blacks[edit]

There have had 8 players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing for King Country. The most famous King Country All Black is All Black of the century, Sir Colin Meads.

Additionally, former England captain and coach Martin Johnson played for King Country, during his early career.

Player Records[edit]

Most Appearances 147 P. L. Mitchell 1988–2001
Most Points 917 H. C. Coffin 1984–1995
Most Tries 46 M. R. Kidd 1974–1984
Most Conversions 150 H.C. Coffin 1984–1995
Most Points In A Season 230 H. C. Coffin 1992
Most Tries In A Season 11 S. J. Bradley 1992
Most Conversions In A Season 40 H. C. Coffin 1992
Most Penalty Goals In A Season 45 H. C. Coffin 1992
Most Dropped Goals In A Season 8 I. N. Ingham 1966
Most Points In A Match 33 H. C. Coffin 1992
Most Tries In A Match 4 J. W. Wells 1992
Most Conversions In A Match 10 H. C. Coffin 1992
Most Penalty Goals In A Match 7 L. W. T. Peina 2000

Clubs[edit]

King Country Rugby Football Union is made up of 10 clubs.

  • Bush United
  • Kio Kio United
  • Waitomo
  • Pio Pio
  • Taumarunui Districts
  • Taumarunui Sports
  • Taupo Sports
  • Taupo United
  • Turangi Sports
  • Waitete

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heartland Championship Tables". Lassen Creative Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 

External links[edit]